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Nick v Nigel debates confirmed

March 5, 2014 9:30 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats and UKIP have reached agreement with two national broadcasters, LBC and the BBC, to host hour-long debates between Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and UKIP Leader Nigel Farage.

A radio debate will take place on LBC on Wednesday 26 March from 7-8pm, hosted by Nick Ferrari.

A televised debate will then take place on BBC Two on Wednesday 2 April from 7-8pm, hosted by David Dimbleby.

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Just under two weeks ago on his Call Clegg radio phone-in on LBC, Nick Clegg challenged Nigel Farage to a head-to-head debate on Britain's membership of the European Union. Nigel Farage accepted the challenge the following day.

The agreed debates are a result of negotiations between the parties and broadcasters. More details will be announced in due course.

Commenting, Nick Clegg said:

"I challenged Nigel Farage to a debate because I wanted the British people to see that there is a very real choice at the upcoming European elections: between the Liberal Democrats as the party of IN and UKIP as the party of OUT.

"I am delighted that it has been confirmed that these debates will now definitely happen.

"I'm relishing the prospect of talking about how the Liberal Democrats are fighting to keep Britain IN Europe to protect British jobs while UKIP want to yank us OUT and threaten our recovery.

"I hope the voters will enjoy what I am sure will be a lively contest."